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Overall, I enjoyed working at Microsoft. One downside, a lot of reorgs which can wreak havoc on your career.

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Former Employee - Editor II in Redmond, WA
Former Employee - Editor II in Redmond, WA

I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Some groups I worked with have a very high level of competency and creativity.

Cons

The review system can foster a negative environment of competition.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Always be transparent. Encourage commitments that make it clear what 'Excelling' means.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Great place, great people, great work

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    Current Employee - Attorney in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Attorney in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    My group leaders and team mates are excellent. The work is exciting and cutting edge.

    Cons

    Everyone may have a different experience depending on group leadership and team mates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company Turned Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Business Development and Strategy in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development and Strategy in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are few places where you get to work on projects that have the scale of Microsoft Windows, or Office. The benefits are great. If you're in the right group, it's a great place.

    Cons

    The company manages the bulk of employees to feel as if they are just another cog in the wheel - nothing special. Save the company a billion dollars and you're told you're just doing your job. If you are over 40, you are likely to be managed out within 5 years. Trend is to replace American workers with H-1B Visa holders. The culture of the company has changed. It is no longer inspiring but it is a solid job. For more info on the issues employees are reporting go to http://minimsft.blogspot.com/ a nice add on to Glassdoor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value American workers, truly value your employees, don't be afraid to reward contributors or managers for their wins - make it a culture of winning. Managing 80% of the staff to an expectation of "you're nothing special" is not a winning strategy. Lastly, stop purging those over 40, who have been with the company over 10 yrs, and find ways to leverage them to build the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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